ago THE GAY GENIUS dismissed and ten new ones had come in their place. After a few days, again ten girls were dismissed, and when they came to say farewell, he saw that the girls had been crying, as if they had been severely questioned by the grandmother. It must be explained why the boy Emperor now showed such a bitter hatred against two of his ministers. Liu Anshih was almost murdered and survived only by a lucky chance, while Farj. Tsuyu died in exile. Something had happened four or five years earlier. One day Liu wanted to hire a wet nurse for his sister-in-law and found it very diffi- cult to obtain one. After waiting a month in vain, Liu got very angry and asked the old woman of the employment agency why she had not obtained one. "Your Honour," said the old woman, "Pm doing my best. The chamberlain's office has been asking for ten wet nurses, and I was able to send them in only today." "What nonsense!" said Liu, shocked. "The Emperor is not ye/ married. Why should he want a wet nurse?" The old woman then explained that she had received sharp orders from the officials of the East Gate to keep this a strict secret. Liu still refused to believe the story. He wrote a short note to a friend in the chamberlain's office and the friend confirmed it. Upon this, Liu Anshih sent a memorial to the throne which said among other things: "There is a rumour going around that the chamberlain has been looking for wet nurses. His Majesty is still young, and is not yet married. I do not think that he should be attracted yet by the opposite sex. At first I refused to believe the rumour, but the gossip is increasing and appears to be supported by some evidence." He warned that if this gossip" were allowed to be spread, the people of the country were not going to like it The other official, Fan, wrote to the Emperor himself. "There is a rumour abroad to the effect that Your Majesty has intimate relations with the rnaids of the palace. In my stupidity, I cannot dismiss all doubts. Is this the age for you to have contact with women? Don't you value your sacred body?" According to the story, the rumour arose out of a misunderstanding. One day after the audience, the Empress Dowager asked Lu Tafang to remain behind, and said to him: "Anshih has sent a letter regarding the procuring of wet nurses for the palace. His intentions are good, but he does not know the truth. The wet nurses are not wanted by* the Emperor, but for some of the young princesses who still need breast feeding. He is always with me and sleeps in the inside chamber. I "cfo not think there is any ground for the rumour. I have questioned the maids, and did not find anything. Please tell Anshih to stop memorialis- ing the throne on this subject."